Opinion

The Heterogeneity of Journalism

The journalism industry is shifting towards a radical change and with technology, there is a paradigm shift about how people perceive the journalists. In the eyes of public opinion and officials, mike has become an identification for journalists, leaving a few exceptions of print media, only electronic media is garnering the attention. The adverse effect of this trend is dangerous for the profession. People with malicious intents who don’t belong from renowned media houses have become journalists taking advantage of this crowd. Instead of following their profession, they use the tag of their profession for the wrongdoings. Irrespective of the area and culture a journalist comes from, many of them accept that they are in this profession only for the sake of making money at any cost. Talking about newspapers, channel and portals operating on a small scale have editors who don’t hesitate in taking a bribe for offering the job, these editors don’t need qualified and talented journalists, they need a sycophant and there is a huge population of such people. Some of the journalists are working in this profession just to safeguard themselves from police and are working to mislead the society by resorting to politics.

There was a time when journalism was considered a mission, but with businessmen entering in this industry has turned this profession into a business and Capitalism is the main reason the media houses have become puppets of the politicians. Praising the wrong decisions of government instead of criticising them is the reason journalism is losing its dignity and credibility. If the editors are working for their own self and for profit, there is no possibility that a journalist would have the courage or willingness to report the truth. There are some journalists who don’t have the basic knowledge about the rules and regulations of journalism, their purpose is to blackmail the officers and collaborating with the police for money, there are some people who only visit police stations and consider that a part of their duty. Many journalists are indulged in illegal recovery by writing a news.

There are also some journalists who have no information about the rules and regulations of journalism and journalism. The work of such journalists is blackmailing the officials and broking with the police. There are also some journalists who sit in their shops in front of the police station. Many journalists can also be seen by writing news and doing illegal recovery, these are the journalists who are not honest and defaming the profession in the eyes of the public. However, the other side of the coin should also be addressed. If a journalist is not getting the remuneration for his work, how will he manage his livelihood? Journalists working for part-time have their own business which acts as a fallback mechanism for them. Apart from these journalists, people who are doing a full-time job for a channel or a newspaper, they have families, their own expenses and if the organisation is not going to meet their basic necessities, they’re not going to do social service on their own expense, though this is a well-known fact but every now and then society puts a question mark on their work culture.

Around three decades ago, there were journalists on the tehsil level, with the evolution of the business world, media houses started to expand their reach and recruited their representatives at the block level to break the news quickly and accurately. There was a scarcity of resources at that time, bicycles were used to cover the incidents, journalists carried their reports physically to the office. There were times when pressure was used against them for writing a report against an influential person. Its not a tough task to speculate that in such adverse situations, how tough it would’ve been to report the news. If something happened in the remote areas of a village then the journalists came to know about that in the morning as communication network wasn’t up to the minute and word of mouth was the easiest mode of communication, another medium to receive the information was the police station. Villagers didn’t report the news under the pressure of the influential people of the village. There was a reign of dacoits in the village and loot was common during those days, but there was the terror of the dacoits that people feared to step out of their houses and report the loot, deserted roads and density of the population also contributed their share in the crime. But, in the last two decades, there has been a revolution in the communication sector which is an aid for journalism, the incidents are reported within minutes, people are more aware now. There is a positive side of this change, the voice can’t be silenced and the truth will eventually come out even if the administration tries to use the influence, somehow the reporter reports the truth, if he’s not allowed to write in the newspaper or broadcast that on the channel, social media is always a medium where he can share the facts and figures. There are some instances that police and administration was found to be misbehaving with journalists for reporting the fact but when such incidents occur, their organisations don’t take any action against the oppressor and ignore those journalists who risk their lives for the organisation.